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Mike Solari
Offensive Line Coach

BIOGRAPHY

Mike Solari rejoined the 49ers in 2010 as the team’s offensive line coach after having previously served as the tight ends/assistant offensive line coach for San Francisco from 1992-96 under legendary coach Bobb McKittrick. In his role, Solari works closely with first-year offensive line coach Reggie Davis.

Under the direction of Solari, the offensive line has established itself as one of the best groups in the league. The rushing offense ranked in the top 5 in numerous categories in the NFL including 1st in 20-plus yard runs (20), 3rd in rushing yards (2,201) and 4th in rushing touchdowns (18). T Joe Staley was named AP Second-Team All-Pro in addition to being named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl.

In 2012, all five offensive linemen started every game, one of only three teams to do so, and each was selected to the Pro Bowl as a participant or an alternate. G Mike Iupati was named First-Team All-Pro, T Joe Staley was named Second-Team All-Pro and the entire O-Line earned the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award. The team finished the season ranked 4th in the NFL with 2,491 rushing yards (155.7).

The 49ers offensive line showed stability and growth in 2011. T Joe Staley, G Mike Iupati, C Jonathan Goodwin and T Anthony Davis started every game that season, while G Adam Snyder started the final 13 regular season games and both postseason contests. Staley was named Second-Team All-Pro and was selected to his first Pro Bowl as a starter, while Iupati and Goodwin were named Pro Bowl alternates.

The offensive line led the way for RB Frank Gore as he became the franchise’s all-time leading rusher, surpassing Hall of Famer Joe “The Jet” Perry. Gore, who was also selected to the Pro Bowl, set the franchise record rushing for over 100 yards in five consecutive games. He finished the season ranked sixth in the NFL with 1,211 rushing yards in 2011. The offense finished the season with the league’s eighth-best run game.

In 2010, Solari relied on his extensive experience as he helped shuffle an offensive line that was plagued by injury, while also integrating first round draft picks T Anthony Davis and G Mike Iupati into the starting lineup. After a season-ending injury to starting center Eric Heitmann in training camp, Solari was able to quickly find a replacement in David Baas, who hadn’t started a game at center since college. Baas went on to start all 16 games for the 49ers and earned the coveted Bobb McKittrick Award as voted upon by his teammates.

Prior to joining the 49ers, Solari spent two seasons (2008-09) as the offensive line coach for the Seattle Seahawks. Under his direction, tackle Walter Jones was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008.

Following his initial stint with the 49ers, Solari spent nine seasons as the offensive line coach for Kansas City (1997-2005). With Solari directing the Kansas City offensive line, the team averaged 126.8 rushing yards per game, ranking fourth in the NFL during that time span.

Solari’s line produced a trio of Pro Bowl offensive linemen in 2004 and 2005, in guards Will Shields and Brian Waters, as well as tackle Willie Roaf. Kansas City became the first club to accomplish that feat since Dallas from 1993-96. As a result of his offensive line’s dominance, the Chiefs offense led the league in total offense in 2004 (franchise-record 418.4 ypg) and 2005 (387.0 ypg).

The Daly City, CA, native was later promoted by the Chiefs to offensive coordinator in 2006. During his 11-year tenure in Kansas City, the team finished in the top 10 in rushing on seven occasions, in the top five four times, and ranked 6th in the NFL in total offense (359.2 yards per game) over that span. Solari was one of just six assistant coaches in team history to record more than a decade of service with the franchise.

While with the 49ers from 1992 to 1996, Solari was largely responsible for the development of tight end Brent Jones, who made four Pro Bowl appearances, and was instrumental in the team’s successful Super Bowl XXIX season.

Solari began his NFL coaching career with the Dallas Cowboys in 1987, where he was the assistant offensive line/special teams coach for two seasons. He moved on to the Phoenix Cardinals to work with Gene Stallings for one season, before joining him at the University of Alabama (1990-91).

In 1976, Solari’s coaching career began at Mission Bay (CA) High School, followed by stints at Mira Costa Junior College (1978) and U.S. International (1979). The following year, he helped lead Boise State to the NCAA Division I-AA Championship. He spent additional time on the collegiate level at Cincinnati (1981-82) and Kansas (1983-85), and later served as the offensive coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh (1986).

A former offensive lineman at San Diego State, Solari was a teammate of former Chiefs head coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards, as well as Denver Broncos head coach John Fox.

Solari is married to wife, Patti, and the couple has three children, Tamara, Stephanie and Michael.

Mike Solari rejoined the 49ers in 2010 as the team’s offensive line coach after having previously served as the tight ends/assistant offensive line coach for San Francisco from 1992-96 under legendary coach Bobb McKittrick. In his role, Solari works closely with first-year offensive line coach Reggie Davis.

Under the direction of Solari, the offensive line has established itself as one of the best groups in the league. The rushing offense ranked in the top 5 in numerous categories in the NFL including 1st in 20-plus yard runs (20), 3rd in rushing yards (2,201) and 4th in rushing touchdowns (18). T Joe Staley was named AP Second-Team All-Pro in addition to being named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl.

In 2012, all five offensive linemen started every game, one of only three teams to do so, and each was selected to the Pro Bowl as a participant or an alternate. G Mike Iupati was named First-Team All-Pro, T Joe Staley was named Second-Team All-Pro and the entire O-Line earned the Madden Most Valuable Protectors Award. The team finished the season ranked 4th in the NFL with 2,491 rushing yards (155.7).

The 49ers offensive line showed stability and growth in 2011. T Joe Staley, G Mike Iupati, C Jonathan Goodwin and T Anthony Davis started every game that season, while G Adam Snyder started the final 13 regular season games and both postseason contests. Staley was named Second-Team All-Pro and was selected to his first Pro Bowl as a starter, while Iupati and Goodwin were named Pro Bowl alternates.

The offensive line led the way for RB Frank Gore as he became the franchise’s all-time leading rusher, surpassing Hall of Famer Joe “The Jet” Perry. Gore, who was also selected to the Pro Bowl, set the franchise record rushing for over 100 yards in five consecutive games. He finished the season ranked sixth in the NFL with 1,211 rushing yards in 2011. The offense finished the season with the league’s eighth-best run game.

In 2010, Solari relied on his extensive experience as he helped shuffle an offensive line that was plagued by injury, while also integrating first round draft picks T Anthony Davis and G Mike Iupati into the starting lineup. After a season-ending injury to starting center Eric Heitmann in training camp, Solari was able to quickly find a replacement in David Baas, who hadn’t started a game at center since college. Baas went on to start all 16 games for the 49ers and earned the coveted Bobb McKittrick Award as voted upon by his teammates.

Prior to joining the 49ers, Solari spent two seasons (2008-09) as the offensive line coach for the Seattle Seahawks. Under his direction, tackle Walter Jones was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008.

Following his initial stint with the 49ers, Solari spent nine seasons as the offensive line coach for Kansas City (1997-2005). With Solari directing the Kansas City offensive line, the team averaged 126.8 rushing yards per game, ranking fourth in the NFL during that time span.

Solari’s line produced a trio of Pro Bowl offensive linemen in 2004 and 2005, in guards Will Shields and Brian Waters, as well as tackle Willie Roaf. Kansas City became the first club to accomplish that feat since Dallas from 1993-96. As a result of his offensive line’s dominance, the Chiefs offense led the league in total offense in 2004 (franchise-record 418.4 ypg) and 2005 (387.0 ypg).

The Daly City, CA, native was later promoted by the Chiefs to offensive coordinator in 2006. During his 11-year tenure in Kansas City, the team finished in the top 10 in rushing on seven occasions, in the top five four times, and ranked 6th in the NFL in total offense (359.2 yards per game) over that span. Solari was one of just six assistant coaches in team history to record more than a decade of service with the franchise.

While with the 49ers from 1992 to 1996, Solari was largely responsible for the development of tight end Brent Jones, who made four Pro Bowl appearances, and was instrumental in the team’s successful Super Bowl XXIX season.

Solari began his NFL coaching career with the Dallas Cowboys in 1987, where he was the assistant offensive line/special teams coach for two seasons. He moved on to the Phoenix Cardinals to work with Gene Stallings for one season, before joining him at the University of Alabama (1990-91).

In 1976, Solari’s coaching career began at Mission Bay (CA) High School, followed by stints at Mira Costa Junior College (1978) and U.S. International (1979). The following year, he helped lead Boise State to the NCAA Division I-AA Championship. He spent additional time on the collegiate level at Cincinnati (1981-82) and Kansas (1983-85), and later served as the offensive coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh (1986).

A former offensive lineman at San Diego State, Solari was a teammate of former Chiefs head coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards, as well as Denver Broncos head coach John Fox.

Solari is married to wife, Patti, and the couple has three children, Tamara, Stephanie and Michael.

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